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Wedding 24mm which lens??

 
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Apr 02, 2015 03:56 |  #1

Hello everyone! I want to start a discussion on using a 24mm in wedding photography. At the moment I have prime lenses 35mm, 50mm, 85mm and a soom 70-200. Makro 100mm which covers basically everything I need in wedding photography but I feel I would benefit from a 24mm.

Which one do you have?

A few I have been looking at Canon 24mm 1.4 mark ii or Sigma 24mm 1.8 the price difference is huge so I need help on choosing!

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Apr 02, 2015 05:31 |  #2

What about the Sigma 24 1.4 ART?


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Apr 02, 2015 06:27 as a reply to  @ Aus.Morgo's post |  #3

I have noticed this is a new lens from Sigma and I have the Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art lens which is fantastic. The price for a new Sigma 24mm 1.4 Art is £800 and I would not be far off from being able to afford a used Canon 24mm 1.4 L ii lens and with that lens the benefit would be weather sealed.

I am strongly looking towards the Sigma 24mm 1.8 as this is sooo much cheaper at around £200 for a used one in excellent condition also it is a Makro lens as well.

I am trying to weight up people opinions on this and especially if they have any of these lenses.


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Apr 02, 2015 07:13 |  #4

Do you need weather sealing?

Going off other ART series I daresay the new 24mm f1.4 will be the best performer.

Why not buy the cheap one and see how it goes, if its not good enough then you know its either 24 ART or 24L


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Apr 02, 2015 07:30 as a reply to  @ Aus.Morgo's post |  #5

there is logic in what you say! haha.


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Apr 03, 2015 06:34 as a reply to  @ Whelan Photography's post |  #6

Or the Canon 24 f2.8 IS which is a fantastic lens. I will be writing a review on it soon but it is light with great optics and spot on auto focus.


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Apr 03, 2015 09:06 as a reply to  @ Whelan Photography's post |  #7

I have the 24mm 1.4 ART, Canon 24mm 1.4 II and the Sigma 1.8 EX.

The Sigma 1.8 EX isn't even CLOSE to the same lens as the other two. The ART is sharper at 1.4 than my Sigma EX is @2.8.


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Apr 03, 2015 10:02 |  #8

I would suggest to go with the Sigma Art too. Even if I prefer Canon primes, reviews are pretty good!


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Apr 06, 2015 01:02 |  #9

own the 24LII pretty good in low light condition. focus pretty fast and sharp.
also own the 16-35LII and the 35L.. er... the 24-70,24-105 which also contain the 24mm.

but 24 is often my go to lens in low light. need the flexibility, then use the 16-35 more.


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Apr 06, 2015 01:10 |  #10

I am an event shooter although I don't do weddings. I don't think primes are really suitable for event shooting. Two zooms: 24-70 and 70-200 is what you need for this work. With primes you got to frame with your feet and that is not always possible when shooting events. Sometimes you can't get close enough and sometimes you want to be a bit "invisible". And I wouldn't want to change lenses all the time (even though I work with two bodies). You may have a fast prime in your bag for the special occasion/portrait/effe​ct, but while running around and catching the action you would want zoom lenses.


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Apr 06, 2015 01:54 |  #11

Sure, you can shoot weddings with primes. In the medium-format film days we did it all the time. But 24mm isn't going to be very useful for most of the ceremony and reception. Perhaps you can use it for group shots and table shots, but you're going to get more use out of your 50, 70-200 and 85.

For general purpose wedding shots I'd much rather have a 24-70/2.8 and a 70-200/2.8, with the 50 and 85 in the bag for formals and the few instances where shallow DOF is needed. A wedding is as much about quantity as quality. If you're constantly needing to switch lenses or reposition to get the framing you need you're going to miss critical opportunities during the reception.

If you want to improve your ability to cover the event invest in a second full-frame body, mount your 24-70 on one and the 70-200 on another, and start saving to upgrade to the 24-70/2.8 in the future.

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Apr 06, 2015 03:06 |  #12

Whelan,
just like your gears, i started to own the 35 before the 24 prime. love the 35 for no distortion. 24 comes in handy for tight close room. then i find the 24 useful. then recently, i just got the 16-35 wanting to get even wider at 16mm for FF.

guess i am referring to the focal length that i am using for my wedding. my 2cents is - to be careful about the wide angel placement of people.


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Apr 06, 2015 09:16 |  #13

I use a 17-55 and/or a 24-105 and an 11-16 and 17-55 for wide needs.

My primes are 35L, 50L, 85 1.8, 135L

I have no desire to get a 24mm Prime


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Apr 07, 2015 17:09 |  #14

Have you tried renting a 24mm lens?

I prefer shooting with primes personally, and I find 24mm is really useful for the reception and dancing. In which case, I'd personally snag a 16-35mm f/2.8 or a 24-70 f/2.8 because I'm using flashes anyways and zooms are way more useful in those settings. I'm saving up for a 16-35mm because of the flexibility of getting super wide and covering moderate wide angle as well.

Rent your top choices and see which work best for you. If you've been using a 35mm as your widest, then you're gonna notice the difference in perspective and distortion with the 24mm.


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Apr 07, 2015 20:26 |  #15

24-70 F2.8. I would find primes too limiting at weddings, other than for perhaps set portraits.


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